Smokers hit by another price rise

Smokers have been hit in the hip pocket again as the price of cigarettes rose by 12.5 per cent this week.

The financial challenges for people who smoke, and their families, will increase again as the price of a packet rises by at least $3.50.

Cancer Council SA chief executive Lincoln Size said it was never too late to give up smoking and save money.

He said despite the increase the organisation welcomed the tax increase.

"With cigarette prices set to hit a minimum of $40 per pack by 2020, there hasn't been a better time to quit smoking,” Mr Size said.

“Cigarette price increases help drive down smoking rates which will save South Australian lives and reduce the cost and burden on our health service.

"Research shows that quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to a person’s life and giving up cigarettes can benefit anyone with health improvements starting within 12 hours of quitting.”

About 35 years ago a carton of Benson and Hedges cigarettes (10 packets of 20) was priced at $12.49 in South Australia, which was 4pc of the average weekly wage of $319.

After the latest new rise a carton of Benson and Hedges will be priced at about $267, which is 23pc of the average weekly wage of $1160, which equates to almost $14,000 a year.

A packet of Holiday brand smokes will be around $50 and a carton of the same will be about $196.

Quitline is preparing for a higher number of calls in response to the tax rise.

The Quitline can offer support and provide tips and resource to smokers who want to be smoke free.

Anyone wanting advice on quitting smoking should call 13 78 48 or visit the online chat at www.quitlinesa.org.au

                                                                                                                                      What you can do with $267 per week

  • Pay instalments for an investment home or add extra payments to your home loan.
  • Weekly groceries for a family of 4
  • Massage or spa day
  • Buy a smartphone or digital camera
  • Overnight stay, with dinner, at a nice hotel
  • Adelaide Oval roof climb for 2 people
  • Great additions to the wardrobe
  • Nice set of diamond earrings
  • Cut and colour at the hairdressers
  • Buy tickets to a music festival
  • Have a splurge at JB HiFi
  • Get that handbag you always wanted